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When must I fill in county information on a Notary certificate?

Must we fill in the blank of a notarial certificate that says "Acting in the County of ____" if we are acting in our own county? — S.Z., Michigan

Yes, if you are performing a notarial act in a county other than the county of commission, this statement must be included and completed.  Even if you are not performing the notarization in a county other than the county of commissioning, the NNA recommends that you complete it.

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Candice Angotti

11 Oct 2021

Another fine example of Michigan's vague notary laws. Why don't they just leave the language off about (don't fill it in unless outside of your county of commission) and keep things consistent and simple. Now the NNA is recommending we DO fill it in, so we are not following the instructions on the written page? I have always left it blank, but can see the point of it looks incomplete, but can someone make up my mind please!

Terri Shannon

11 Oct 2021

In Nevada setting the venue is a requirement of each Notarization, State and County is a step of a properly executed notary which is included on every test for license I have taken.

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